Cultural Crossroads: Baton Rouge

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LSU is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the state capital and a cultural crossroads between the Cajun country of Lafayette (located about 55 miles southwest), and the birthplace of jazz and home of Mardi Gras, New Orleans (located about 80 miles to the southeast). Baton Rouge—sometimes called “Red Stick” from its French translation—is home to more than 229,000 people (802,000 metro).

Downtown Baton Rouge is just minutes from LSU and is a vibrant hot spot where you can attend an art exhibition or a concert or eat sushi while you watch the sun set over the Mississippi River. Local attractions include the LSU Museum of Art; the Louisiana Art and Science Museum; the Shaw Center for the Arts; the Baton Rouge Zoo; and an array of festivals, including international, book, film, animation, and blues. Louisiana is also quickly becoming known as the “Hollywood of the South,” with major studio films like the Twilight series, Pitch Perfect, and others being filmed in Baton Rouge.

Go to visitbatonrouge.com to learn more about the city.

Pelicans flying over the Mississippi  River.

LSU and our coastal experts will be part of the world-class Water Campus planned for Downtown Baton Rouge. The partnership will bring together top researchers in efforts to address coastal issues facing Louisiana.

The Shaw Center for the Arts

The Shaw Center for the Arts (above) is home to the LSU Museum of Art, which holds one of the largest university-affiliated art collections in the South.

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